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'American Idol' Front-Runner Almost Quit

4/16/2010 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned "American Idol" contestant Crystal Bowersox threw in the towel a little more than two weeks ago and was walking off the show, when Ryan Seacrest did some fast-talking and changed her mind.

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It went down in a parking lot after an "A.I." show.  In front of several people, Crystal told Ryan she couldn't handle the competition.... she said she hated the attention and said to Seacrest, "What's the point?"

Crystal said she was going back to Ohio to be with her family, whom she missed terribly.

Ryan told Crystal that being on "Idol" was like starting a business, and if she won she'd get a recording contract and become a millionaire.

Seacrest sealed the deal by telling her, "The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house.  You can buy your mom a house." 

Seacrest out ... Crystal, not out.

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166.

Buttercup321    

she is the best on the show, hands down. she is the only person out of ALL this season that really sings and really performs and keeps the crowd cheering. Im not a fan of Ryan, but this may be the only time in her life she could get this chance, and she deserves it because she is so talented.



good luck, Crystal........

1589 days ago
167.

Kremp Krumpkin    

This chick has to go. She is not original. She is a janis joplin re-tread and won't put anything out that will resonate with the masses. Go home you stinky girl.

1589 days ago
168.

Jim    

Crystal is great. She's the only one from idol that I have ever downloaded music from itunes. I listen to it on my ipod when walking. Don't let her give up. She's the real deal.

1589 days ago
169.

Lorraine    

If we are supposed to believe the judges about marketing and who will buy what music I just don't see - haven't see it yet, the value of Bowersox, even though she can sing. She bores me.



So what's up with trying to annoint her the front runner. She is not. Love that Lee or Michael. Would buy their music in a moment. Will do so, as a matter of fact.

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1589 days ago
171.

jenn    

He should have let her go...She just trying to get attention. Maybe she wanted to go home to brush her teeth...It looks like its been a while. While she's doing that maybe she could wash the smelly hair....you know it smells under there....Yes she can sing, she has pipes, so what....She's ****y and dirty....GROSS!!

1589 days ago
172.

Patricia    

I Like what Ryan had to say to Crystal what a Cool & Awesome Guy he is to step in & help her understand that she is Special & has a Really good chance at possiibly Winnining the Title of American Idol & what all she can do for her Family & the rest of the World through her Music.Crystal don't be a Quitter,but be a Role Model Winner if anyone can do it you can Girl You have my Vote all the way to the Top Listen to your Heart,because to me and my Friends & Family You have what it takes to be a Star All of OHIO is Pulling for You to Win.

1589 days ago
173.

Kady    

Anyone thinking Ryan Seacrest needed a "boost" after the flack he was getting about being too quirky and making a joke at Brian Dunkleman's expense this past week? I'm just saying...

1589 days ago
174.

used to love idol    

i think she got nervous because she's afraid she might not win and i dont think she can handle that. she's ok, but like someone said, she sounds the same every week. good voice for her type of music but i dont care for that type of music. i hope lee wins.

1589 days ago
175.

val    

I don't get why some people are hating on Ryan, she is the dumb one who wants to give up the possibility of a great future..Why did she audition if this is not what she wants, its not like she has been in the bottom and its getting to her..Every week they say the nicest things to her and Ryan is still looking out for her future..Personally I think it would be more interasting if she left, she is way too arrogant..

1589 days ago
176.

Tina    

well to all thoes puting her down like this is not cool at at all. She is an amaing singer not only is is she amaing sing but she is a great and wonderfull person deep down inside and out. And i think ryan help her by talking to her. Bit at the same time if she wants to go home y dont they let her. she's at the piont were it's getting tough on her. and i think its becouse she know's that people accross the world are voting for her. So i think she and every one knows she's going to win. that why she want's to leave.its taking a tole on her and her family becose its geting realy close to the end and SHE IS STILL THERE.. AND SHES GOING TO B TILL THE END.You go crystal. your great girl you have a wonderfull voice. and coming into this compatition was going to b herd. its get's herd on every body when it come down to the end becouse u know you still there and its getting close to the finaly. BEST WISHES TO U CRYSTAL. LOVE YA GIRL. From tina your frind on facebook. :)

1589 days ago
177.

Tiger Woods    

Just DON't Vote for HER!!! she needs to grow up, oh i miss my mommy. Man.. sounds like a 5 years old.

1589 days ago
178.

Alex    

Week after week she's been giving the same old boring as hell performance, which seems to satisfy her easy to please fanbase. And who outside of the Idol audience will buy music from a weak second-rate version of Janis Joplin.

1589 days ago
179.

donna locke    

Don't you people read???? They said that happened more than 2 weeks ago, you are acting like it happened last night. Obviously she was having it rough at the time. Does anyone ever have a bad day at work, but than the next day is great? geesh stop harping on news that is old, and to say you won't vote for her is just childish and vindictive. Everyone has there moments. Would you like it if your bad day was written about for every person with no feelings to read about. The bashers are just mean and jealous,probably can't even sing in the shower. You go Crystal, I'm sure your missing your son, and Good job Ryan for trying to help make someones life better. Anyone heard her original farmers daughter on you tube? If not I suggest you check it out. Everyone chill.

1589 days ago
180.

linda tolley    

I don't get all the negativity regarding Crystal Bowersox..Why are you people so mean? You're making fun of her looks. Grow up..go to church..take inventory of yourselves..Bottom line, she's extremley talented..she's sweet and very cute! She has everything it takes to become the next American Idol. And the person who stated they vote for Tim, please..get to a doctor and have a hearing test! If you're voting for him based on his looks (I could just puke) then you should'nt be allowed to vote at all..What are you going to do when you grow up and get the priveledge of voting for the president? PLEASE..GET HELP NOW!!!

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